Introduction to Cafechurch 2015

As we begin 2015, it's a chance to catch up on each other's summers, revisit our principles, and have a bit of a think about what we would like to do this year. Either check out the Slideshare version of the presentation, or download the Powerpoint.

What is Cafechurch For? Part 1: Modernity and The End of Christendom

Cafechurch is a church that meets in a bar in Fitzroy, in inner city Melbourne. But why? Is it just that we like drinking beer and talking about God? The first in a series, this presentation attempts to describe the spiritual situation in Australia, and more broadly in the context of modernism, secularism, and the post-Christendom situation. These processes are not entirely distinct, but broadly, modernity has led to the loss of the taken-for-grantedness of Christianity, which has in turn led to the church(es), once central to society and culture, becoming increasingly marginalised.

Cafechurch Presentation to Fresh Expressions Gathering Participants

This is presentation I did for participants from the Fresh Expressions - Mission Shaped Ministry gathering, on 30/1/14. It talks a bit about the history, but a lot more about what we have been learning together.  


Our Values

At Cafechurch we are all in it together: seeking authenticity in our lives, engaging with questions of faith and meaning, and exploring how to be followers of Jesus in our culture.

This is our vision statement. It is not set in stone – it is a starting point for discussion. In fact the whole idea of a vision statement feels like a funny sort of thing to have when we’re discussing something as organic as a church. But we need to explain a few things about why we do what we do and are what we are.

About Us

The story goes that in 1999 or thereabouts Steve Venour, the youth pastor of a Christian City Church Whitehorse, together with a few of the slightly edgy younger people from the congregation went to the elders and told them that they, these younger people, were a bit over standard Evangelical worship, and were thinking that they might like to do something a bit more culturally appropriate for Gen X (it was a little while ago of course.)